Matt Damon plays a desperate father who starts an investigation in order to get his convicted daughter out of jail. In the process, he starts a new life with a single mother and her daughter in Marseilles.
Thanks to Matt Damon's compelling performance, Stillwater is an evocative look at the lengths a father would go to help his daughter.
Directed by Tom McCarthy, this film sees Damon return to the big screen with a bang. As the lead character, you never want to take your eyes off him because he gives you different reasons to hang on till the end credits begin rolling in.
Damon plays Bill Baker, a father who learns that there may be a way to prove his daughter's innocence after she has spent a few years behind bars for a crime she says she never committed.
Bill stumbles on a lead in the closed case and pursues it relentlessly. Along the way, he tries to make up for being the shitty father to his estranged daughter while forging a new bond with a single mother and her little daughter.
I won't give more than the above information so that I will not end up revealing too much about the plot. I will just urge movie fans to see this because it is worth watching.
Even though it's a thriller, Stillwater leans more on its dramatic side, bringing out convincing performances from all the actors.
Abigail Breslin who plays the convicted daughter doesn't disappoint. Her character learns to embrace her imperfections and slowly the bond between her and her dad grows, giving them a chance to mend old wounds from their traumatic past.
In the end, this film is a triumph as its shows life in its truest forms; messy, tragic, pleasant, and unpredictable. A mystery creeps up in the end that leaves the viewer using his or her imagination to solve the riddle.
The director and everyone involved did a fine job with this one (I especially laud Damon again because the dude makes almost every film he appears in good).
A truly compelling drama.